One look at their pictures is evidence enough that the staff members at Mind and Bodyworks are not typical. The friendly clinicians, who smile with loved ones and play air guitar with fake skeletons in their portraits, have an atypical approach not only to the overall mood of their practice but to healthcare itself.
Their aim to infuse their treatments?which include functional medicine, kinesiology, acupuncture, and massage?with a dose of fun. Like an advent calendar full of vegetables, these services are designed to not only contribute to current health but keep patients healthy in the future. Holistically minded and dedicated to healthy lifestyles, the staff work one-on-one with patients to tailor treatments to their needs, whether that means teaching them how to avoid injuries while playing sports or how to lower cholesterol through diet. Mind and Bodyworks is also patients' go-to for cosmetic services, such as shedding a few extra pounds with the help of the FDA-approved Zerona cold laser.
Dappled light from an overhanging crystal chandelier catches the glittering fibers of yarn skeins arranged in displays, on tables, and covering the towering walls of StevenBe's high-ceilinged atrium. Store proprietor Steven Berg continues to redefine the traditional knitting methods he first learned as a child, infusing patterns with creative twists, nontraditional materials, and enough sparkle to rival a Swarovski Lite Brite. In an interview with Patch.com Berg stated, "We want the knitting experience to be] fun and playful, lighthearted—we want this to be a happy place where—whatever troubles you might have at home—you can leave them behind." StevenBe's eye-catching displays of chunky yarns, wools, cottons, and novelty materials wrap visiting knitters in a fibrous embrace faster than a lonely box of Wheaties, and paintings from local artists adorn the walls. Animal-print armchairs support a growing circle of crafters during special events and sun-soaked afternoons that may feature refreshments or live musicians' buzzing instruments above the gentle clicking of knitting needles.
Lift kits and grilles, AV accessories and car alarms, custom upholstery and seat heaters, and wheels and tires are just a few of the items in the buffet of automotive accessories that FNR Auto Customs’ technicians use to customize cars. Vertical door kits can turn the family station wagon into a DeLorean-like statement piece, and turbos and superchargers can boost performance and allow customers to follow Doc Brown back to the future.
A five-minute drive from downtown, Uptown’s public spaces entice visitors with bike paths, sculpture gardens, and locals blasting impressions of Björk's pet swan over a megaphone. Nearby, rented canoes crisscross Lake Calhoun’s calm waters, and restaurants serve eclectic cuisines from fresh seafood to Japanese cuisine on outdoor patios. Visitors to Uptown can feast on American fare at restaurants such as Primebar, which serves up sandwiches, steak, and seafood with largely local brews; The Herkimer Pub & Brewery in Lyn-Lake, known for its small batches of craft beer; and the Uptown Cafeteria, offering trendy contemporary meals. Evenings out at Bar Louie tempt guests with martinis, margaritas, and other cocktails accompanied by pub food, and Chino Latino delights palettes with dishes small and large, spicy and explosive. Wayward mermaids dining at Stella's Fish Cafe & Prestige Oyster Bar can enjoy a feast fit for the sea with raw, grilled, and baked items, or step on shore and visit moto-i in Lyn-Lake to sample the food you’d find on Japanese streets.
At the corner of Hennepin Avenue and Lake Street stands a brick fortress of a building, topped by a cloud-tickling sign that heralds Calhoun Square and its signature blend: namely, the breadth of a suburban mall mixed with the accessibility of a neighborhood hub. Two floors hold nearly three dozen storefronts and kiosks, from Chiang Mai Thai's low-lit haven for famously fiery seafood and curries to the ComedySportz theater, which reverberates with laughter four nights a week during fast-paced, competitive improv shows. Elsewhere, shoppers can pick up mod home decor, stylish sunglasses, and rugged boots, among other adornments for the home and body.
Bobby & Steve's Auto World repairs, maintains, and spruces up autos across eight Twin Cities locations, each decked out in vintage Coca Cola and Chevy memorabilia. On-site mechanics tackle all kinds of transportation-related jobs, from oil changes and flat tires to broken glass and sputtering exhaust pipes. The specialists can also tow your car, replace feeble batteries, and calmly persuade doors to open after extended lock-outs. At the detail shop, a team of highly trained reconditioning techs uses specialized tools to gussy up your car. They'll remove oxidation with orbital polishers or deep-clean carpets with hot water extractors. The shop also has an arsenal of more than 20 chemicals to treat all types of surfaces; enlist their help for vinyl and leather conditioners or Rain-X solution, which fends off stains due to precipitation or truck beds full of sports mascots with super soakers.